“The Paleo Diet For The 21st Century” – My Take

As part of my nerdy nature, I tend to enjoy doing a ton of research.  Whether it be new workouts, new supplements or even diets, I like to read and be knowledgeable on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

When Health Habits put out their e-book on the Paleo diet (found here), I was most definitely intrigued.  I had always heard of the diet, but knew very little (and, seeing as how I hate the word “diet,” was a bit skeptical before even opening to page one).  Essentially, the Paleo diet is to live like our Paleolithic ancestors centuries ago; if it came from the Earth, it was to be consumed in its natural form.

Like the term “vegetarian,” it has varying levels of strictness (i.e. Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Vegan).  In its most literal translation, the diet denies a person grains, beans/legumes and dairy products.  While it also says not to eat anything processed or chemically enhanced (two obvious statements), I have to disagree with this literal take on the diet, since it doesn’t take into consideration a person’s daily need for fiber and calcium.  Unless you are lactose intolerant, milk is an essential part of a healthy diet, especially if you’re looking to lose weight, due to its CLA content.

It also states that any meats that are cooked deprive a person of nutrients, another concept I vehemently disagree with.   Unlike our ancestors, we know the dangers of food poisoning due to undercooked or raw meats.  Hell, restaurants even note in their menus the risks involved!  It’s more about HOW it is cooked that you should be concerned with.  The less salt and sugar involved, the healthier it is when cooked.  This is common sense, people!

I also disagree with the idea of intermittent times of fasting.  That’s just a moronic thing that multiple studies have argued against.  The human body needs to be consistently fed in order for you to perform daily tasks.  This is why most nutritionists suggest small meals every 2-3 hours, as it allows the metabolism to burn at its most optimum level without the feeling of sluggishness that comes with a big meal.

What the author, Douglas Robb (Twitter), says is to take today’s society and our knowledge into consideration.  In the less restrictive versions of the diet that he recommends, it basically falls in line with my thoughts on nutrition:  the less processed an item is, the better off you are.  It keeps to the tenets of keeping to food in it’s most pure (even if cooked) form, which is something I firmly believe in.  It also states that lightly processed foods, such as protein powders and multi-vitamins are fine for us, which is something I can get behind.

You can read more about this in Douglas’ blog.  Quite informative, if you ask me.

Has anyone tried this diet?  How were the results?

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